Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have multiple holes that need to be addressed. This week on KFAN.com, there will be a series of draft prospects being highlighted before the draft starts on Thursday night.
The quarterback position can be a touchy subject for Vikings fans, as the fan base still seems split on who they want being center for years to come. Kirk Cousins has been one of the best quarterbacks the team has had in the last 20 years but that shouldn’t shy the Vikings away from taking a chance on a guy in one of the later rounds. After all, Cousins was a fourth round pick when he was selected out of Michigan State and he has found success at the next level.
Anthony Gordon out of Washington State is a name that comes to mind when talking about mid to late round quarterbacks. It is unlikely the Viking would be able to land one of the top four quarterbacks in this class, and Gordon would allow the team to use their earlier picks on higher positional needs.
According to ESPN.com, Gordon finished his 2019 season with 5,579 yards, 48 touchdowns and a completion percentage of 71.6 percent. He played in an offense that allowed him to air the ball out frequently and he found success in doing so.
Gordon has the arm strength to sling it at the NFL level. Having said that, there were times in college where he would try and force the football into extremely tight windows. He has a very good release and uses it to his advantage. He anticipates windows opening and has the accuracy to hit his receivers in stride.
At the very least, Gordon has the capability to be a good backup at the next level. He would more than likely be picked anywhere between the fourth and sixth round, being a good value pick for the Vikings.
The quarterback position isn’t the biggest need, but it wasn’t for the Chiefs when they selected Patrick Mahomes either.
Stay tuned for more draft profiles coming throughout this week on KFAN.com. The profiles will be addressing positions of need for the Vikings, and there will also be reaction pieces available after each day of the draft.